Developers break ground on new outlet mall in Winnipeg

Construction crews broke ground Friday on what will be Winnipeg's first outlet mall. Outlet Collection Winnipeg, scheduled to open in May 2017, will be home to more than 100 outlet stores, developers say.
An artist's rendering of the new retail space set to open in Winnipeg in May 2017. (Courtesy Ivanhoe Cambridge)

Construction crews broke ground Friday on what will be Winnipeg's first outlet mall.

Outlet Collection Winnipeg will be home to more than 100 outlet stores and is set to open in May 2017, developers said. It's being built on the northwest corner of Kenaston Avenue and Sterling Lyon Parkway, across from Ikea.

Developers at Ivanhoe Cambridge would not say which stores the mall will include, only that it is 30 per cent leased and will be a "premiere shopping destination."

"It'll be a first for this city. It's going to be a totally new, unique shopping experience," said Paul Gleeson, executive vice-president of global development at Ivanhoe Cambridge.

The tenants will be announced closer to the grand opening, Gleeson said.

The 400,000-square-foot mall will be enclosed and include a complimentary coat check, he added. It's part of the Seasons of Tuxedo development.

Coun. Marty Morantz said the new retail facility will create 1,300 jobs and help grow business in his ward.

Deputy premier Kerri Irvin-Ross said the project will also attract tourists and keep shoppers on this side of the border.

The ground-breaking happened in the midst of retail turmoil across Canada, including Target's withdrawal from the country and the closure of Mexx and Smart Set stores. At Kenaston Commons, not far from this development, three box stores sit empty: Mexx, Laura and Reebok have all vacated their spaces.

The project will cost more than $200 million.


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